Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed making an offer for Robin van Persie but accepts there are other clubs interested in the player and is reluctant to discuss further something that might not happen.
Manchester United prefer not to make announcements on transfers until they have been finalised but it has emerged this week that they are keen on signing Van Persie from Arsenal.
Ferguson has now admitted he would like to bring in the Dutchman, who has told the Gunners that he does not want to sign an extension to his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.
"Obviously Arsenal have given out the fact that we've made a bid for him," the Red Devils manager told MUTV.
"We try to keep business as close as possible to us until the moment we conclude a deal. There's no point talking about something that might not happen.
"There are other clubs interested in the player. We've shown an interest and that's where we're at at the moment."
Sky Sports sources understand that Manchester City and Juventus have also made offers for Van Persie but that none of the bids meet their valuation, believed to be around £30million.
Arsenal were expected to announce on Friday afternoon whether last season's Premier League top scorer would join them on their pre-season tour of Asia, but later delayed that decision until Saturday, when they are due to leave England.
According to widespread reports, manager Arsene Wenger will opt against including Van Persie, whose contract expires next summer.
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